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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 10/03/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory,    

BLM Managing Ferris Mountain Wildfire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) High Desert District is managing the wildfire on Ferris Mountain in conjunction with the seven-person Unaweep Wildland Fire Module (WFM) as part of the planned 42,576 acre Ferris Mountain prescribed fire project.

The wildfire is located approximately 30 miles north of Rawlins, Wyo. within the Ferris Mountain Wilderness Study Area. The low intensity fire is creeping slowly through steep, rocky terrain with occasional torching of individual and small groups of trees and is an estimated three to four acres. The WFM is helping to direct the fire away from undesirable areas while utilizing the fire to achieve the effects of a prescribed burn.

Dispatched from Grand Junction, Colo., the highly trained Unaweep WFM will also assist the BLM in assessing ecological concerns, impacts to water sources and potential safety zones. Tools the WFM uses to manage fires can include constructing firelines, creating defensible space around resources by burning perimeter fuels and using geographic information systems to map the layout of a fire area in order to best plan management actions.

For more information, please contact Frank Keeler, High Desert District fire management officer, at 307-352-0282.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 North Third      Rawlins, WY 82301  

Last updated: 10-03-2011